searching for mardi gras menus

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Joined Apr 11, 2005
I recall doing a low budget lunch at a business a couple years back; they brought in salad (served in disposable aluminum pans) and flew in very average Kings Bread from LA.
I served them Pork Po'Boys, Maque Choux and Dirty Rice. They chowed big time.

I've always liked serving Oysters Rockefeller.
I developed a hand pass hors d'oeuvres by making a corn tartlet or tiny corn cup in muffin tin or gastroflex and filling it with maque choux, garnished with chopped bacon & green onion or chives on top.
Shrimp or crab remoulade in a chinese spoon is a nice simple trick too.

For meatless H.D., I've scooped out tiny potato, roasted, then filled with a
stylized "creole" ratatouille
 
992
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Joined Sep 8, 2003
Mike,

Can you describe the crab remoulade and creole ratatouille in more detail?
Thanks!
 
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Joined Feb 3, 2010
They are a little rough, and unapologetic, but these guys are pretty good at compiling tasty, authentic recipes. If you can appreciate, or ignore, thier sense of humour it seems a decent source. I tend to take thier offerings and tweek them to suit the occasion.


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Joined Apr 11, 2005
I just make a crab salad, either brunoise cut or flaked, depending on the crab I'm using, and bind it with a remoulade.  Arrange or scoop onto a Chinese style spoon & garnish it simply.
The creole ratatouille I just cut all the vegies a bit smaller, go a little heavy on the peppers, and kick it up a notch with Louisiana Gold or Crystal or Tabasco.  Might sneak in a brunoise of okra if the mood strikes.  Good vegetarian hors d'oeuvres-gluten free if ya watch your condiments.

I made my first King Cakes last week, by the way.  Not for a N'awlins party, just a really nice little lunch that happened to fall on fat Tuesday.  Got the recipe from my pal Les Kincaid.  The dough is like a rich brioche, with some lemon zest & spices added. Served one, took the other home.
Most of those honkies at the lunch were clueless, only a couple even realized it was Mardi Gras day.  But in about half an hour, the offices were abuzz with excitement about it, and I even spied a page being downloaded about the King Cake with picture & recipe.   FUN!
 
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Joined Sep 15, 2006
Hey there, it looks like I am late to the party!  The Saints won the Super Bowl so the hangover is just wearing off ;-)

Wish I had more time recently to help out with your menu.  I was lucky enough to have a client hire me to cook for a group of people at her house on Mardi Gras night.  It was a corporate event and the guests were all from out of town, so they loved the theme.  I had to toss in some healthy options for those who didn't want to indulge (though they all did...).  It ended up being 23 people and I pulled off the whole dinner myself (it was my second time cooking there, much of the food was pre-prepped and we also used disposable dinnerware).  Here was the menu:

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Menu


To Begin

Crab Cake and Spring Green Salad

Jumbo lump pan sautéed crab cake with Creole remoulade sauce,

served atop a salad of mixed greens

tossed with house-made Creole Mustard Vinaigrette



Main Course   – “Mardi Gras Madness”

 “New Orleans Style” Barbecue Shrimp and Grits
with onions and peppers in a spicy sauce (no BBQ sauce in this dish, despite the name), served over creamy cheddar cheese grits


Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Authentic Cajun style jambalaya with blackened chicken and spicy smoked sausage, cooked in a cast iron pot
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Sliced Grilled Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breast, Marinated in citrus and seasonings, grilled then sliced


Grilled Seasonal Vegetables
Including squash, zucchini, asparagus and red onion, grilled and tossed with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and black pepper


Dessert

Florida Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh Plant City (local) Strawberries, on an open faced buttermilk biscuit, with Homemade whipped cream
 
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A little late, maybe, but your menu is copied and saved for future use.  Thanks!
 
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I am really late to the party but that menu above is perfect. I live in Southeast Louisiana along I-10 between BR and NO and am hoping to relocate back north in the next year and start a catering business and or small diner of this area origin. The first three items on that menu are common enjoyed foods here that I cook a lot and would be great for catered events. You can't beat a good Jambalaya for a catered event.
 
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@Jay - while I agree that paul prudhomme is a genuine NOLA source, you might want to check out uptown kevin and his various blogs - he's also a real NOLA deal - born and raised - weaned on crawfish so to speak and he's a caterer - so from a caterers perspective it's a gold mine to be able to network on sites like these and others on facebook etc with colleagues who are homegrown experts (trust me I have actually gotten workable recipes, techniques and tips from Kevin and also my good catering buzzie buddy Dianne Evans who walks the walk as well as talks the NOLA and LA (louisiana) talk every day in terms of catering local food for local people.  Again, not to knock cookbooks and celeb chefs but give me a real live person I can email and phone and message and get the complete skinny from - wow that's a powerful business tool.  
 
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congratulations to Kevin

he finally capatalized on Katrina..

and named his new daughter thus..

welcome baby Katrina
 
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Congratulations, Katrina is a lovely name & I'll bet Kevin can't wait until he's throwing a mini Mardi Gras party (spring break, Xmas is over/can't wait til spring) for his lovely daughter...they grow up so quickly...
 
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Hush Puppies, Jalapeno Corn Bread,Pain Perdo, Gumbo, Zydeco Green Salad, Tangerine Vinaigrette, Crawfish,Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp, Remoulade, Blackened Scallops , Sweet Potato Aioli, Crab Cakes, Alligator , Creole, Blackened Chicken Livers, Oranges, Pecans, BBQ Short Ribs, Blackened Chicken, Lemon Buerre, Roasted Duck , Pistachio- Orange-Cranberry Sauce, Bronzed Salmon, Sole, Bourbon Pecan Butter,  Cajun Jambalaya. Red Beans and Rice, Apricots,Ginger, Mint, Fried Green Tomatoes, Corn Flap Jacks,Candied Yams, Dirty Rice & ANDOUILLE!

Beignets

Bread Pudding

Pecan Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Some dishes I will never forget working for the south

Can we please not capitalize on a disaster .....please    

Peace

Gypsy                                
 
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